New Jersey Releases RFP

The New Jersey Department of Children and Families released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to establish a “Collaborative Mental Health Care Pilot Program” with up to $1,200,000 in funding available.

Primary Care Physicians (PCP) practicing within the medical home model have an important role in identifying and accessing care for children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health disorders, however, many PCPs report that they are not well-prepared to treat mental health disorders.

The goal is to develop the collaborative care model between primary care physicians and child mental health specialists. The RFP seeks to include screening of children, youth, and young adults for behavioral health disorders, timely access to psychiatric consultations for PCPs, timely access to direct psychiatric services, help for specialty care to provide care coordination, collaborative treatment planning, and provide PCPs with educational opportunities.

The successful applicant will establish a “hub” behavioral health team in each region that includes at a minimum a child and adolescent psychiatrist, a licensed clinical social worker, or licensed professional counselor care coordinator, and an administrative coordinator to implement the program.

Applications will be accepted from for profits, not-for-profits, corporations, and state universities registered to conduct business in N.J. The deadline for email questions is September 30, 2015. For questions email

A mandatory bidder’s conference will be held October 1, 2015 and November 12, 2015 is the deadline for the proposal.


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